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Advanced Mediation CLE - Mediating in Kansas Federal Court
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Mediations in any setting have similarities. Mediating in Federal Court, however, often involves more complex legal issues and dynamics. Hear from the best-of-the-best on mediating cases in Kansas Federal Court. This is considered an advanced-level program where attendees are presumed to have some working knowledge and experience in mediations and Federal Court practices, however, all attorneys and mediators wanting greater insight into mediation and ADR practices are welcome to attend.

 Export to Your Calendar 12/1/2017
When: Friday, December 1, 2017
Check-in & Continental Breakfast start at 8:15 am. CLE begins at 9:00
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Kansas Law Center
1200 SW Harrison St.
Topeka 66612
United States
Presenter: The KBA & The ADR Section
Contact: Nancy Burghart

Online registration is available until: 11/30/2017
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 Pending CLE credit in Kansas & Missouri
 Pending CME credit in Kansas

Advanced Mediation – Mediating in Kansas Federal Court

Mediation in any setting have similarities.  Mediating in Federal Court, however, often involves more complex legal issues and dynamics. Hear from the best-of-the-best on mediating cases in Kansas Federal Court. 

This is considered an advanced-level program where attendees are presumed to have some working knowledge and experience in mediation and Federal Court practices, however, all attorneys and mediators wanting greater insight into mediation and ADR practices are welcome to attend.

Program Agenda:

8:15 AM  • Check-in & Continental Breakfast

8:50 AM  • Introduction & Welcome

9:00 AM  •  Strategic Decision-Making in Preparing to Mediate Multi-Party Disputes
                 Larry Rute, Associates in Dispute Resolution LLC., Topeka
                 Multi-party disputes are not necessarily more difficult to resolve than traditional two-party disputes.
                   However, they require more intensive preparation by the mediator in advance of the mediation session(s).
                   We will discuss communication and meeting to identify key issues in advance of the mediation; timing of
                   mediation litigator's preparation for mediation; and, the benefits of co-mediation.                                  

9:50 AM   • Federal Court Mediation in Bankruptcy and All Things Tax
                Susan Berson,  Berson Law GroupLLP., Overland Park
Bankruptcy court, beneficiary disputes over estates, and IRS enforcement matters are three common
                   resource-restrictive battlegrounds where the interplay of the Internal Revenue Code and mediation can
                   be effective to removing what was otherwise an impasse to resolution among or between sparring
                   parties. This presentation will discuss mediation considerations in these three venues. Techniques and
                   opportunities for maximizing favorable settlements will be presented, as well as tips on common
                   mistakes to avoid. 

10:40 AM • Break

10:50 AM •  Anatomy of Mediating Cases in Federal Court from the Mediator's Perspective
                    Dennis Gillen, Depew Gillen Rathbun & McInteer LC., Wichita 

11:40 AM  •  Lunch (Provided)

12:30 PM  •  Anatomy of Mediating Cases in Federal Court from the Litigating Attorney's Perspective
                     Steve Six, 
Stueve Siegel Hanson LLP., KCMO     
Diane Sorensen, Morris Laing Evans Brock & Kennedy Chtd., Wichita

1:20 PM    •  A Bench Perspective on Mediation in Kansas Federal Court
                  Hon. James O'Hara, Robert J. Dole US Courthouse, Kansas City
                     Hon. Teresa JamesUS District Court of Kansas, Kansas City
                     Mediation formally entered the Federal Court system 25 years ago. During this time the concepts of 
                     mediation have gone through various rule changes and judges have developed an increasing knowledge
                     about mediation and the impact of encouraging mediation in the pretrial process. The judges will discuss
                     how mediation impacts dockets, pretrial processes and the parties themselves. 


2:10 PM    •  Break

2:20 PM    •  Ethics in Mediation
                  Henry Cox, Henry Cox Law Office, Shawnee

3:10 PM    •  Adjourned


Registration Information:

KBA ADR Section Registration    $210
KBA Member Registration           $240
Non-Member Registration           $300
Paralegal Registration                 $180
Registration                        $170 

Paper Materials:  (Optional)    $30


Presenters Information:


Larry R. Rute, Associates in Dispute Resolution LLC.,Topeka
Larry is a partner and co-founder in Associates in Dispute Resolution, LLC, Topeka, Kansas.  This firm provides a wide range of alternative dispute resolution services, including commercial mediation and arbitration, private judicial proceedings, and conflict resolution systems design. ADR, LLC offices are located in Topeka and Lawrence, Kansas, and Kansas City, Missouri.  He is a Mediator and Due Process Hearing Officer for the Kansas Department of Education.  He serves as an Adjunct Professor at Washburn University School of Law, Teaching Dispute Resolution Techniques and Negotiation Strategies.



Susan Berson, Berson Law Group LLP., Overland Park
Susan is a practicing lawyer, certified mediator and FINRA arbitrator. She has over 25 years experience as an attorney in state and Federal tax matters, has been certified in mediation for 16 years, and arbitrator for nearly 7 years. A former U.S. Department of Justice trial attorney, she entered private practice in 1998 to help clients with state and Federal tax matters. Other attorneys, accounting and financial service professionals, routinely retain Susan to consult about their clients’ tax matters as well. She is the author of many articles and four books, including Federal Tax Litigation (Law Journal Press), which she is responsible for updating twice-a-year. An attentive listener, Susan’s mediation style is to diligently work with disputing parties to develop options, and move disputes toward a resolution. She and her husband, Dave, are co-founders of their own law firm. Dave practices in business, banking and securities law. Susan is also active in several community and professional organizations, including serving on the Kansas Bar Foundation Board of Trustees and KBA Law Practice Management Committee. For Susan’s complete bio, please visit


Dennis Gillen, Depew Gillen Rathbun & McInteer LC., Wichita






Steve Six, Stueve Siegel Hanson LLP, Kansas City, Mo
Steve is an experienced trial attorney and has successfully tried complex cases before juries in state and federal court. He has tried cases to verdict in a wide variety of areas including product liability, professional liability, commercial cases and consumer fraud as well as prosecuting criminal cases.  Steve has litigated cases before the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation and has significant experience in multi-district litigation. In addition to his litigation work, Steve serves as a mediator in a variety of matters including complex commercial, antitrust, and tort cases. Steve maintains an active appellate practice and has successfully argued before state appellate courts in Kansas and Missouri, the federal appellate courts, and before the United States Supreme Court. Steve Six joined Stueve Siegel Hanson following his term as the 43rd Attorney General of Kansas.  As Attorney General, Steve represented the State of Kansas in complex cases in various areas including healthcare, antitrust, environmental resources and consumer protection.  Steve successfully prosecuted capital and first-degree murder cases and was the first Attorney General in more than 35 years to personally prosecute these cases before juries.  Steve represented the State of Kansas in  multi-million dollar water disputes with the States of Nebraska and Colorado in the United States Supreme Court.


Diane H. Sorensen, Morris Laing Evans Brock & Kennedy, Chtd., Wichita
Diane H. Sorensen is a shareholder at Morris, Laing in Wichita, Kansas, where she has been practicing employment law for well over 25 years.  She is also a frequent mediator of employment litigation, and is a panel member of the the American Arbitration Association.  Diane authored the Title VII chapter for for the 3d Edition of the KBA’s Employment Law Handbook.






Hon. James O'Hara, Robert J Dole US Courthouse, Kansas City







Teresa J. James, Magistrate Judge, US District Court, District of Kansas, Kansas City
The Honorable Teresa J. James was appointed on January 16, 2014 as a United States Magistrate Judge for the District of Kansas in Kansas City.  Judge James received her undergraduate degree from the University of Kansas in 1981 and her Juris Doctor from the University of Kansas in 1984.  Following graduation, Judge James engaged in private practice in Wichita until she joined the Overland Park branch of Martin, Pringle, Oliver, Wallace & Bauer, LLP in 2003.  At Martin Pringle, Judge James was a partner and specialized in Energy, Oil and Gas, Condemnation and Complex Litigation.  Prior to going on the Bench, Judge James served on the board of the Kansas Bar Association’s Continuing Legal Education Commission, on the Bench-Bar Committee for the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas, and on the Kansas Appleseed Foundation Board.  She is a member of the Johnson County, Wichita and Kansas Bar Associations.  She is also a Fellow of the Kansas Bar Foundation and the American Bar Foundation, President-Elect of the Earl E. O’Connor Inn of Court, and a member of the Federal Magistrate Judges Association. 



 Henry Cox, Henry Cox Law Office, Shawnee



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